Headline • After the UAE, Russia will now give PM Modi the highest civilian honor• India again surprised the world by testing the weapons of space• 17 years later, China felt a big blow economic situation is very weak• Supreme Court gives relief to cricketer Sreesanth in spot-fixing• Aamir Khan gave statement on Kangana Ranaut's resentment• No change in government stand on Article 35A• SP-BSP alliance in Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand• Arjun Kapoor and Abhishek Bachchan praise Akshay Kumar's trailer for the film Kesari• BJP government raises EPF interest rates• Uttarakhand Police urges Kashmiri students not to send inflammatory statements on social media• Kulbhushan Jadhav case starts hearing on Monday• Rajiv Saxena gets interim bail till Feb 22 • Vadra wrote on Facebook, handed Priyanka to the people of India, please keep them safe.• J&K : Attack on CRPF team, 7 security personnel and 4 civilians injured• State strike in Uttar Pradesh is illegal: Allahabad High Court• Mamata Banerjee declares victory on Supreme Court order in West Bengal• Tension in Meerut area after breaking Ambedkar statue• INDvsNZ : India won the series 4-1• I will leave politics even after Modi's retirement : Smriti Irani• Don Ravi Pujari arrested from African country Senegal• "I will be back soon" Union Minister Arun Jaitley• Report of the NSSO's unemployment, at the high level of 45 years• Modi government can give big gift to farmers• Akhilesh welcomes Priyanka Gandhi's political entry• Republic Day 2019 : India's power demonstration on Rajpath


Stock markets started Monday's session on a positive note amid cautious trade. The Sensex gained as much as 250 points to touch 36,636 at the strongest point in early trade, while the Nifty moved up 60 points to hit 10,950. Advances were led by energy and pharma stocks. The domestic markets also tracked gains in other Asian peers where equities shrugged off data showing economic growth slowed in China. Analysts await more large cap companies to report their earnings this week.

Reliance Industries, Sun Pharma, Infosys, Bajaj Finance, HDFC Bank and Bharti Airtel were among the top trading stocks on the BSE platform with their stocks rising as much as 2,75 per cent. On NSE, except for Nifty Realty, all other sub-indices were trading in green with Nifty Pharma leading the pack, up 1.13 percent.

Experts have said that the ongoing corporate results season, rupee movement and global cues will set the tone for the domestic equity markets this week.

"The market will closely watch supervision and management commentary of the companies coming out with theitheir earnings," said Mustafa Nadeem, CEO, Epic Research.

On the global front, Asian markets kept their nerve as data showed the Chinese economy slowed at the end of last year, underlining the urgent need for more stimulus as Beijing wrestles with the United States over trade.

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